Bridget Penhale, who recently received the Rosalie Wolf Memorial Award, has joined the School of Nursing and Midwifery
Bridget Penhale joins UEA from the University of Sheffield for her second appointment at the University, having previously worked in the School of Social Work some twenty years ago. With a first degree in psychology, she has been qualified as a social worker since 1981. She has specialised in work with older people since 1983, and worked in urban, rural and city areas in addition to hospitals. She took up an academic post after a successful career as social worker and manager spanning over 15 years.
Ms Penhale has recently returned from New York where she received the Rosalie Wolf Memorial Award. This international award recognises her work and research in elder abuse. Elder abuse has only been recognised by health and social care professions in the last few decades. Ms Penhale’s work has helped to inform and influence some of the UK policies and procedures which have enabled social workers and other professionals to recognise and to prevent or deal with elder abuse. Ms Penhale’s work also covers adults vulnerable to abuse – an area for which she is nationally recognised.
Ms Penhale said, “I am delighted to return to UEA. The School of Nursing and Midwifery
is building a leading reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research and I look forward to contributing to its research portfolio.”
She continued, “I was very honoured to receive the International Rosalie Wolf Memorial Award. Abuse of any group in society is disturbing, but until relatively recently there had been scant attention to older people. Abuse comes in many forms: whether through witting or unwitting neglect or more sinister manifestations such as physical, emotional, financial or sexual abuse. Whilst women are usually the victims, abuse occurs across all sectors of society. It’s very pleasing to see my contribution recognised both through this award and in influencing policy and practice.”
Professor Val Lattimer, head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery said, “I am very pleased to welcome Bridget to the School. She has an outstanding research record and we are very much looking forward to working with her.”
Most recently Bridget Penhale’s has been acting as scientific adviser to the PANICOA research programme (Preventing Abuse and Neglect in Institutional Care of Older Adults) funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief. She is also PI (UK partner) for an EU funded six-country study on intimate partner violence and older women and acting as consultant/expert to an EU funded prevalence study of the abuse of older women.